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Tech News Today 157: Men Are From Mars, Computers Are From Somewhere

by TWiT

Published January 13, 2011


Are app stores worse than net neutrality, will Facebook buy MySpace, computers kick sand in smart humans Jeopardy faces, and more.


Run time 45:12
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

Credits

Tom Merritt
Sarah Lane
Dr. Kiki
Jason Howell

Segments

Top Stories

MySpace Confirms Sale Rumors
RIM gives India access to network, but not secure e-mails

Next iPad, iPhone to lose home button?
Why Apple won't yet ditch the home button on the iPhone and iPad
Rumors: iPad 2 coming in April, CDMA iPhone prepares to hit Asia
16% of AT&T customers plan to switch to Verizon for Apple's iPhone - survey


Discussion Stories

PC Sales Weakened in Q4–Everyone Blame the iPad
Tablets take bite out of Q4 PC sales
Intel Beats Earnings Expectations Despite Slower PC Market

Wikipedia founder says app stores are a threat to the Net, site celebrates 10 years

Millennial: For The First Time, Android Surpasses iOS Mobile Ad Impression Share

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20028406-38.html South Korea says Google Street View broke law
[Government May Sue Google to Block ITA Deal]


News Fuse

Google has acquired eBook Technologies, presumably to beef up its eBookstore effort, which launched December 6. eBook technologies has removed all references to what they do fromt heir website but according to Google cache, he he, they made a few very old devices and focused on back-end stuff. I assume they won't be making a device for Google but rather work on publisher deals and back-end ops.

Video ad network DBG is finishing production on a 10-part dramatic serial meant for the Web. This is no grassroots effort either, it has a network-TV budget and attracted network-level stars like Keifer Sutherland and John Hurt. Details are thin, but the show will be called "The Confession" and you’ll be able to see it in March, most likely via an initial exclusive run on Hulu.

Looks like Nintendo Wii may win the console sales war for December 2010. According to Major Nelson, AKA Larry Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live, the Xbox 360 was sold out by the end of December, and the company is struggling to keep up with demand for January and February as well. Hryb posted on Twitter that he expects “amazing” year-over-year growth in 2011.

Worried about apps for BlackBerry not running on the PlayBook! RIM just launched a beta of WebWorks SDK, a collection of tools that lets you package up your web applications, with access to the hardware capabilities, as apps compatible with both the PlayBook and BlackBerry 6 smartphone devices. RIM also released a handful of new SDKs and extended the free PlayBook offer to March 15th.

Get ready for 4-gigapolooza in your new PC's RAM slots. You heard me. Market research firm iSuppli says it expects a “huge drop” in the selling price of computer memory chips this year. Their definition of huge is 12% which is enough to expect most default system configs that used to come with 2 Gigs of RAM to now sport 4.

Blackberry Dakota will be the first BlackBerry to have both a full physical QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8 inch VGA capacitive touchscreen sharing real estate on its front face. The Dakota will pack 4GB of storage in its 0.4-inch thick body, along with mobile hotspot support. It will run BlackBerry OS 6.1 and work on both quad-band as well as 3G networks and has a magnetometer, acclerometer, and proximity sensor.

Adobe has been working with developers from Microsoft and Google to implement a new browser API that will make it easier for browser users to get rid of the local shared objects (LSOs, also known as Flash cookies) used by the Flash Player. In fact, the new API (NPAPI ClearSiteData, for the curious) has already been approved for implementation, and is expected to appear in Firefox sometime in the near future.

Trend Micro sure likes to make waves. Speaking to Bloomberg yesterday, Trend Micro Chairman Steve Chang said that "Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code." Apple, he said in the interview, has been "very careful about it. It's impossible for certain types of viruses" to run on the company's iPhone.


Kickers and Weird Science

Jeopardy playing computer kicks human ass

Calendar

Happy World Fair Use Day!
Sony, Japanese Broadcasters Offer 3-D TV Series starting January 19th. he drama, “Tokyo Control,” portrays the life of men and women working at the Tokyo Air Traffic Control Center to help aircraft safely navigate the skies over Japan.
HP's Todd Bradley all but confirms webOS tablet for February 9th event, promises even more devices. In a discussion on CNBC revolving around webOS, Bradley was asked how HP intends to differentiate itself from the iPad and improve upon it, to which he quipped, "you and I will talk about that on the 9th."
Mozilla Firefox 4 Expected this February
Website MCV reports that insiders have told them that the PSP2 will be announced at a January 27 press conference in Tokyo and could be in stores as early as October 2011


Voicemail

Anonymous: Samsung holding their Android phones hostage?
Samsung Blocking OTA Update on T-Mobile


Email

"Hey Gang,

Yesterday you mentioned both Sprint and Samsung have announcements next month. How about the first 4G tablet?

Laurie Scott / TekChicLaurie Austin, TX"


"Regarding H.264 being pulled from Chrome because it isn't open & free. I would be curious to know what other patent-ecumbered standards Google will abandon because of its ""open"" religion? I read this today (but haven't verified it):

From Gino Cerullo: ""USB, IEEE 1394 (also known as Firewire), HDMI, are all open standards that are also patent encumbered and require implementers to pay licensing fees to use them."" http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?p=1205347


Will Android and Chrome computers stop supporting USB and HDMI? Will Google-powered devices be banned from playing high def playback to TV's because they don't want to support HDMI/HDCP? Will Google come up with their own proprietary connectors to avoid patent encumbered cable standards?

Supposedly studios are requiring all future Blu-ray players to only output HD through HDMI. Will Android in Blu-ray players and set-top boxes not support HDMI? http://www.tvpredictions.com/bluhdmit011211.htm

This is all crazy.

Todd"


"Hi


Long time listener - first time emailer. Thanks for the shows, I've really enjoyed listening.

As you would be aware, Australia is in crisis with the Queensland floods - 75% of the state has been flooded and many Australian people, homes, business and farms have been lost. If you would please give a shout out to the Flood Relief appeal, it would be deeply appreciated. I know you're a technology show, and a few things have been of interest: our networks jammed and failed - mostly due to water and power damager (http://delimiter.com.au/2011/01/13/the-big-update-telco-networks-in-queensland/) and Twitter became a primary method of update for the Queensland police. Go twitter!


For appeal funds:

qld.gov.au/floods


Again, thanks for a great show.


Ally Smith"

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